“Not seeing the fish” or “Things amateur photographers do”
Posted on 16 May ’12 by Earl Moore
It seems almost everyone has a digital camera these days and most of those cameras can make amazingly good photos in the right hands. Yet there is clearly a difference between what a practiced photographer produces and the snapshots the general public takes.
I enjoy watching people, especially those making photos, and have mentally compiled some common traits many “amateur photographers” seem to share:
- While they may spot the obvious they often overlook the not so obvious;
- They seldom take time to observe the scene, understand the scene, before they began shooting;
- Even when drawn to a scene they seldom correctly utilize the strong elements of the scene;
- Their photos are often shot from the viewpoint of documenting the location, time or those present — as a historical record;
- If they know any of the general rules of photography they seldom show creativity in breaking them for more effective photos; and
- Even when they have an advanced camera with many professional options they almost always shoot in program or automatic modes (how many built-in flashes have you seen in almost broad daylight).
Am I wrong on these or can you add others?